London: Jonathan Cape and Hodder and Stoughton, 1983. [Spy novel] FIRST EDITION, TWICE-SIGNED, with original artwork. Octavo (20 x 13cm), pp.250; , blank. Publisher's cloth in pictorial dust-jacket. This remarkable copy embellished with an original painting from the dust-wrapper artist Bill Botten, who illustrated the jacket for this and other Gardner Bond novels, as well as both Christopher Wood 007 titles. Artwork signed by Botten, and title page signed by author John Gardner. Some toning to paper stock, jacket lightly handled; near fine. Freelance illustrator Bill Botten produced artwork for some 230 jackets, many of those for publisher Jonathan Cape. Through our association with the literary James Bond, we were able to commission designs from Bill, who even painted the shop Christmas card one year. Item #54308
BMC No.1  p.4-13 'James Bond Revivals'. Gilbert, Jon; Ian Fleming: The Bibliography, page 613.
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